I didn’t know Johnathan Martin moved from Politico to the NYT, but I also don’t know who Justin Bieber is dating, or when Lady Gaga’s new album is coming out. But to hear the Republicans tell it through their JMart mouthpiece, they are hip to the kids nowadays:
At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” referring to Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is 70.
And Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, seizing on the Fleetwood Mac song that became a Clinton family anthem, quipped to an audience in Washington, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.”
The 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Mrs. Clinton’s age. The former secretary of state will be 69 by the next presidential election, a generation removed from most of the possible Republican candidates.
JMart does mention that Ronaldus Magnus was 69 when he was elected.. But because War Hero John McCain is still alive and a little sensitive about his age, JMart did him the courtesy of ignoring the uncomfortable fact that he was 72 on election day in 2008. He extended the same delicate treatment to Mitch McConnell, who is a mere 71 years young himself.
Update: Tom L already covered this from a bit of a different angle.